Board of Directors

Ed Matley (Chair)

Ed has been working in Business Continuity Planning since 1998, and has been full time dedicated to the field since 2010. Edward leads PwC's Crisis & Continuity practice in Canada, and helped clients in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, to develop and revise their Emergency Management, Crisis Management, Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery programs. He sits on the Canadian committee of the ISO, which is responsible for revising ISO 22301 on Business Continuity Management, so can provide insight into the leading thinking around standards development.

Lisa Benini (Vice-Chair)

Lisa Benini is a practitioner in Business Continuity, Risk Management and Emergency Management since 1991. She is certified as Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) from DRI International, Associated Fellow from Business Continuity Institute (AFBCI).  Lisa has been certified as an ISO 22301 Implementer and she holds an Emergency Management Certificate from JIBC.  Lisa is a certified instructor for DRI Canada since 2002.  She has her own consulting company since 2000 and has worked with both public and private sectors mainly in BC.  Lisa has been on EPICC Board since 2004.  Lisa’s major achievements were developing the Business Continuity Management Program for the BC Government in the early 2000s. She has also created a guideline and template for small business on building their business continuity plans. Lisa is actively involved communities across BC by providing workshops to special interest groups, local government and associations.  She is also responsible for coordinating a 1-day seminar in Victoria since 2004.

Cam Kowalski (Secretary)

Cam spent over three decades serving in municipal and federal policing roles throughout the country.  During his career, he led some of the largest and most complex security operations in Canadian history, including his role as lead aviation security planner for both the 2010 Olympics as well as the G8/G20 Summits.  He served as the airspace security commander for the multi-agency (NORAD, FAA, Transport Canada, NAVCANADA, CBSA, and CATSA), multi-national effort responsible for the execution of both aviation plans. Cam received multiple awards for his leadership of these operations which included a personal letter of thanks from President Barack Obama.  Following his retirement from the RCMP in 2018, Cam led the safety and security operations for the Great Canadian Railtour Company, Ltd. (Rocky Mountaineer), which included strategic oversight of all safety, security and emergency management initiatives for the largest private rail company in the world.  

Neha Prihar (Treasurer)

Neha is a Manager with PwC's Risk Assurance practice in Vancouver where she leads enterprise resilience projects for the Western Canada region. She specializes in Business Continuity Planning, Crisis and Incident Response, and Enterprise Risk Management. Neha has helped private and public sector clients enhance their capability for managing and responding to disruptions. She has advised and coached leadership teams across all major industry sectors including financial services, telecommunications, insurance, utilities, real estate, and not-for-profit, to design and implement their crisis and continuity programs. Neha holds an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) certificate from the Disaster Recovery Institute.

Edd Bennett (Director)

Edd is a Resilience, Business Continuity and Emergency Management Specialist. His background and professional experience includes 15 years in business continuity and business operations across multiple sectors including Telecoms, Insurance, Information Technology and Human Resources in the UK & Canada. Edd is currently a member of the Corporate Business Continuity Team at TELUS. Prior to this Edd built and delivered a new Business Continuity Program for the British Columbia Automobile Association and successfully led the organizational response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.In addition to his civilian career, he has 19 years’ service with the British Army Reserve including 2 operational tours of Afghanistan and multiple deployments on international exercises. Most recently, he spent 4 years seconded to the Canadian Armed Forces, Military Police Branch as a Senior Instructor as part of a Military Exchange Program.Edd’s expertise and passion is focused on community resilience building, business continuity, emergency response, personal preparedness, physical security, operations/exercise planning and preparedness training. He volunteers as the British Columbia Chapter Lead for the BCI Canada and is a member of the Board of Directors for Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (EPICC). He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, holds MBCI, CBCP credentials and a Certificate in Emergency Management from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Fred Hoenisch (Director)

Fred’s career began supporting a mission critical government computing platform that also transitioned into I.T. Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) and exercises over 19 years.  Government outsourcing in 2009 presented him with an opportunity to leave government and establish his own private consulting business that further expanded into business continuity and emergency management.  Fred returned to public service in 2013 and is currently the Ministry Business Continuity Advisor for the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST).  A highlight of his work at AEST is being a member of the B.C. Post-Secondary Emergency Planners group.  Fred has a wife and two daughters and enjoys volunteering his time as a coach in a youth shooting program.

Sybille Sanderson (Director)

Sybille has been active in the world of Emergency Management since 1998. In 2004 Sybille became the Emergency Support Services Director for a regional Emergency Program and in 2009 also took on the role of regional Emergency Program Coordinator. During this time, the region responded to floods, smaller wildfires, landslides, gas leaks, planned events such as the North American Indigenous Games, and numerous apartment fires.
Sybille is also a Sessional Instructor for JIBC for Emergency Support Services and Emergency Operations Centre training.  In 2019, Sybille retired from her full-time job so she could travel, continue teaching for JIBC and work with smaller communities to build their emergency management capacity.  On a personal note, Sybille has four grown children, 10 wonderful grandchildren and is currently look after her aging parents 24/7. 


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